Monday, October 6, 2014

Poll results

I asked the good folks over at BeginnerTriathlete.com to participate in a survey to get an initial idea of what I need to cover to entice a good number of athletes into the application, and I managed to get 35 responses. Pretty good sample.

89% said they collect training data via a Garmin, or something else.
70% use a garmin, 21% use trainerRoad, 12% use Computrainer, 9% use a Timex (surprising, I didn't realize *anyone* did). Only one used a Suunto. 
30% use Garmin Connect, 37% use spreadsheets, 23% use TrainingPeaks and 23% use BT's features. 

Responses were fully across the board on whether people choose to race with their device, from No to always.

83% said they would switch applications.

The most important considerations to consider in a training planner:
Ease of use
29
82.9%
Detailed Analysis
20
57.1%
Compatibility with mobile device
18
51.4%
Web-based interface
19
54.3%
Social networking
3
8.6%
Seamless data syncing (ie to Garmin Connect, Strava, uploading and downloading)
27
77.1%
Cost
20
57.1%
Interesting stuff all said. I tried to kick the hornets nest on the forum regarding the Detailed Analysis answer, and it seems like evangelism is going to be a key requirement to getting it accepted.  Keeping it simple and cheap, and linking to everything is going to be key.